The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1994, MFA 1994
Artist Statement: Gosia Koscielak
- Digital Organic
The idea of eco - social sculpture integrates my concepts of spatial stimulations and sculpture taken to infinity with broader aspects of scientific and artistic activity. It represents a new concept of an eco - digital environment and a new relationship between viewer and nature - a new digital organic / post-organic. Eco - social sculptures connect natural and social sciences with art and aesthetics. Eco - social sculptures are philosophical-artistic-socio-cultural-scientific actions.
My work proposes a free flow between the digital and the organic. I use many different traditional and digital media - including virtual reality, video projections, laser drawing projections, and digital photography - as vehicles to express infinity in sculpture/space and to make visable the flow of energy in space. By placing digital media in the actual environment, I create a new experience of sculpture as an infinite energy form, of time and space integrating as a harmonious whole new habitat. I use the medium of light and the process of projection to create new connections, between actual landscape (the organic) and digital media.
Studies of the modernist Polish art theorists Wladyslaw Strzeminski (Unism) and Henryk Stazewski (Constructivism), along with the theories of Joseph Beuys and Paul K. Feyrabend, influenced my creation of the concept of virtual unism and eco-social sculptures since 1994.
In my eco-social sculptures I represent the constant flow of digital and organic elements in space into infinity; I reveal their constant fluid transformation, from digital to organic, and from organic to the digital reconstructing of micro and macro cosmos.
Creation lies in successive reduction aiming towards the unity of a system that in its most extreme form leads to the objective unity of world and art expanding to the 3D and the total unification of an art work with its environment: human - sculpture - space - infinity. Following Beuys's theory, eco-social sculptures are expanding the concept of art: art = man = creativity = science. Eco-social sculptures function in a much broader scope. Art is becoming a part of the research that can lead to the new developmental model integrating environmental, economic, socio-cultural and ethical sustainability. Eco-social sculptures that use digital media rejuvenate and stimulate the resources of natural organisms (ecosystems), the single organism (the human being), and the social organism (humanity). Eco-social sculptures are open for new scientific theories which can be integrated with new ideas, habits, and parts of culture, bringing positive aspects of nature that encourage us to remember nature's power of change and to reconsider the laws of Nature: "...when approached in different ways, nature gives differing answers..." as Paul K. Feyrabend stated.
Gosia Koscielak Bio
Malgorzata - Gosia Koscielak was born in Wroclaw, Poland; she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland (MFA'86, MFA'87, PhD'92) and from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA'94). Koscielak is an artist, independent curator, and lecturer who has had numerous solo exhibitions at galleries and museums in Poland, Italy, Germany, and the US. She has had group exhibitions in Greece, Holland, Germany, Poland and the US. Her works are in private and museum collections worldwide, including Calgary University, Chelm Museum, and the Center for Polish Sculpture in Oronsko and the Museum of Modern Art in Hunfeld, Germany. Koscielak's art is strongly connected with the traditions of Polish minimal art; Constructivism, Unism, and conceptual art, she draws from these sources and updates them. Her multimedia installations, paintings and digital graphics center on post-conceptual reflections on the complex relationships between human nature, history, biology, culture and technology.